Our Ladys 0
Enniscorthy’s ladies 1st XI travelled to Terenure on Saturday for their division 6 clash against third-placed Our Lady’s, and in an assured attacking display, emerged 6-0 winners.
The hosts started strongly, winning a penalty corner in the first few minutes of the match but to no avail. Soon after, the visitors countered, winning a penalty corner of their own but the defence worked well to not concede.
The early penalty corner for Enniscorthy was a harbinger for what was to follow.
Shortly after, May Wickham and Isabelle Walsh combined to win a second penalty corner, and a well-rehearsed move resulted in Jessie Flood putting away the opening goal.
Only two minutes later, Niamh Ogilvie doubled the lead, showing off her 3D skills and scoring with a strike from the top of the circle.
In the second quarter the center back pairing of Laura Smith and Julie Watchorn were solid as ever, making it hard for the opposition forwards to get any shots away. Jessie Flood attacked up the left-wing taking quick frees and passing to the midfielders. Isabelle Walsh made multiple attacks down the baseline. Hannah Graham linked passes with Niamh Rochford who took on the Our Lady’s defence. Captain Julie Watchorn scored the third goal for Enniscorthy from a well-executed penalty corner.
In the second half, Enniscorthy’s front three put the oppositions goalkeeper under immense pressure, forcing her to make a number of saves. Attacking with width, the midfielders were causing problems for the home defence.
At the start of the third quarter, a penalty was awarded to Enniscorthy for a backstick foul. Unfortunately for Jessie Flood, her subsequent effort was disallowed due to the first strike on goal being above backboard height.
Then it was the hosts turn to counter, but solid defensive work from Enniscorthy’s Hannah Graham led to a quick break to the forwards and Deané Lodewyks’ shot went wide. Debutant Rebecca Ogilvie got her name on the scoresheet as she scored a rocket of a goal following a long corner. 4-0 to Enniscorthy. Another penalty corner was won and calmly finished off by Leah Kidd, making it 5-0 to Enniscorthy. Backs Hannah Graham and Laura Smith made it look easy with accurate passing up the right-hand side of the pitch getting around multiple defenders.
In the final quarter, Amy Murphy and Caoimhe Larkin worked well together, creating several goal scoring chances and winning long corners. The linking passes between the backs, midfields to forwards showed Enniscorthy’s teamwork. May Wickham won a penalty corner following a quick sideline but the Our Lady’s goalkeeper did very well to keep the ball out.
After sustained pressure from the Enniscorthy forwards their eighth and final penalty corner was won. Anna Flood injected it to her sister Jessie who swept it across the circle to Laura Smith on the spot, deflecting it into the goal.
The game ended 6-0 to Enniscorthy, a result which leaves the team joint top of the table for the first time this season. Julie Watchorn’s next league encounter takes place on November 9th when they welcome Dublin North to the Astro Active Centre.
Squad: Norah McGinty, Anna Flood, Jessie Flood, Laura Smith, May Wickham, Caoimhe Larkin, Amy Murphy, Hannah Graham, Leah Kidd, Rebecca Ogilvie, Deané Lodewyks, Niamh Rockford, Isabelle Walsh